Swift Diary From Training Acceptance

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Eckoh's Comment
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Eckho so how are you liking Swift? Are you making decent money? From what I heard from "reasonable" people, it seems to be a good company to get started with. You running solo or team?

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i run solo. I have made just shy of 15k for the first 4 months of the year gross.

That being said after i finish my first year i will most likely move on as there is more money to be made at other companies.

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Eckho, So I can take truck home on days off? Good deal, my closest terminal is 7 hours away. That was my plan also, Im going to run every load I can for first year, and then try and find a better company to run for, that pays more and gets home more.

Yeah you take the truck home, but keep in mind you will often have a trailer as well so you need a LEGAL place to park it. NEVER just assume you can park it anywhere, if its not at a truck stop make sure you have permission before dropping the trailer anywhere.

They have no issue with you taking the truck home, what they have issue with is how ling you do it which is between you and your DM. The party line is 3 days only any more then that and you have to turn the truck in and get assigned a new one when you go back out on the road. However depending on your relationship with your DM that can be bent a bit.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Jarod, I believe you don't just "take the truck home". You will get a load that's either delivered or picked up near your place. Yes, trailer attached. Depending where you live, talk to people & businesses that may allow you to park your rig for a few days on a regular basis. At larger truck stops, you can just park it & lock it up.

Harry the hat's Comment
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I know IM late to the party here, being last post was 8 months back, but this was a good read. Swift has a small "terminal" of sorts about three miles from me in Martinsburg, WV, off I-81. THis is good news, which the wifey likes. Im still having a hard time turning her on to becoming a "trucker's wife" lifestyle.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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